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Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (1940ca.)

Originally Aeolian-Skinner Organ Co. (Opus 951, 1936)

Location:

Harvard University
Cambridge, MA US
Busch-Reisinger Museum of German Culture
Organ ID: 2769

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Status and Condition:

  • This instrument's location type is: Colleges and Universities
  • The organ has been relocated.
  • The organ's condition is not playable.
We received the most recent update for this instrument's status from Heather on January 22, 2021.

Technical Details:

  • Chests: EP pitman
  • 30 ranks. 23 stops. 25 registers.
All:
  • Chest Type(s): EP pitman chests
  • Position: In a gallery-level case at the rear of the room.
We received the most recent update for this division from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Main:
  • Stops: 23
  • Registers: 25
  • Manual Compass: 61
  • Pedal Compass: 32
  • Key Action: Electrical connection from key to chest.
  • Stop Action: Electric connection between stop control and chest.
We received the most recent update for this console from Database Manager on May 13, 2018.
Database Manager on May 22, 2016:

Updated through online information from Anthony Fountain.
I believe Harvard either sold or donated this instrument to Boston University after acquiring the present Flentrop organ. It was installed in the Concert Hall of the School of Music at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, where it served until destroyed by fire in the early '70s, set, it was noised, by a disgruntled campus radical during a period of unrest.

The late Dr. Max Miller, Music Director of Marsh Chapel at BU in those days, told me he was able to salvage some of the 16' pipes from the instrument and had them added to the Casavant Organ in the chapel. I have no documentation to prove any of this, but do remember Max Miller telling me about it. You might want to contact someone at BU to see if they have any information in their files that confirms what I've written here. I'd love to hear if you have any success. Good luck!

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on March 05, 2007:

Updated through information adapted from E. M. Skinner/Aeolian-Skinner Opus List, by Sand Lawn and Allen Kinzey (Organ Historical Society, 1997), and included here through the kind permission of Sand Lawn:
On loan from the factory; used by E. Power Biggs on CBS Radio broadcasts; altered in 1950. Sold to E. Power Biggs when replaced by Flentrop in 1957.

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

Database Manager on October 30, 2004:

"Experimental organ. Entirely unenclosed on 2 1/2 inches of wind pressure. Loaned to Busch-Reisinger Museum (Adolphus Bush Hall), Harvard University. Altered in 1950. Sold to E. Power Biggs. Moved to Boston University; burned in 1971."

We received the most recent update for this note from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.
Source not recorded: Open In New Tab From Allen Kinzey via <i>The Aeolian-Skinner Archives</i>
We received the most recent update for this stoplist from Database Manager on April 09, 2020.

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